Amid Rising Tensions, More Chinese Warships Venture Into Indian Ocean

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| July 4 , 2017 , 10:37 IST

Adding to the tensions between India and China on the Sikkim border, the Navy has noted 'an unusual surge' in the number of Chinese warships in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Chinese warships first appeared in the IOR 3 years ago, claiming to prepare for anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

However, in 2013-2014 there were only a total of 3 Chinese warships, while now, Indian naval satellites have monitored at least 13 Chinese naval units in the IOR over the last two months along with submarines as well.  

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"Indian naval satellite Rukmini (Gsat-7), long-range maritime patrol aircraft like Poseidon-8I and warships have monitored at least 13 Chinese naval units in the IOR over the last two months. They range from the latest Luyang-III class guided-missile destroyers to the more benign hydrographic research vessels," Times of India quoted a source as saying.

Apart from the warships, a Chinese Yuan-class conventional submarine is also reportedly in the IOR waters, the seventh Chinese submarine to enter the region since December 2013.

India and China are currently locked in a standoff at the Sikkim border which marks the tri-junction between India, China, and Bhutan. Following India's objection to China's road-building exercises in the common area, China proceeded to destroy 2 Indian bunkers and alleged India of trespassing onto their land. The land in question, the Doka La area, is contested between Bhutan and China and according to India, the troops are well within Bhutan territory, helping the smaller nation.

The tiff between the nations has spread into the verbal arena as well. As Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that India was ready for a 2.5 front war (Pakistan, China and internal), China responded by telling India 'not to forget history lessons' referring to the 1962 India-China war which ended badly for India. Following the 'history lessons' comment, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley remarked that India is not what it was in 1962, China responded by saying neither was China.